Theme 6 – Transforming our post-COVID society to be healthy and caring

COVID showed up the inequalities and weaknesses across society and across the world. This included the gap widening in education, poverty and violence in homes, the vulnerable in society and how a crisis tests its leaders and those on whom people rely. While the virus may not be with us forever, the changes it has brought will. These will have an impact on all aspects of our lives from economics and technology to the environment and geo-politics.

We now have to work in collaboration and with cooperation to replace silos, hierarchy and bureaucracy to service, people centre-centred actions and care. It will require a shift from individualism to a sense of belonging to a collective planet; a social model for the welfare of all; remote and hybrid working patterns and 15 minute cities; consumption based on responsibility not infinite resources; and leaders capable of mastery in a crisis who can influence the world as positive examples.

We have a long way to go but we can begin with the health and wellbeing of the young and old who were often forgotten in the crisis.

Speakers include:  Victoria Lloyd of Age Cymru, Dr Dave Williams, Tracey Cooper CEO of Public Health Wales

Victoria Lloyd became Chief Executive of Age Cymru, the national charity for older people in Wales in 2018, she leads on the strategic direction of the charity in ensuring it improves the lives of older people in Wales.  She is currently Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Forum on Ageing and Chair of Age Alliance Wales. Victoria is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Carers and the Third Sector Partnership Council.

Dr Dave Williams is the independent Adviser for Child & Adolescent Mental Health to the Welsh Chief Medical Officer and Welsh Government. He is also the Chair of Children in Wales. Dave has been a community based Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in, South East Wales since 1998. He provides psychiatric input to the Child & Adolescent Learning Disability team. He has developed integrated multiagency services with local authority, education and 3rd and voluntary sectors in SE Wales, providing care to families and care leavers. He has published research on alcohol withdrawal and a 30 year follow up of the Aberfan disaster survivors.

From a family of teachers, he is married to a GP and father to a Physiotherapist and a Midwife.

Tracey Cooper has substantial health system, organisation leadership and management experience. Her career includes clinical work in emergency medicine, emergency care services and health system reform. Prior to joining Public Health Wales in 2014, Tracey had been the Chief Executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in the Republic of Ireland. Tracey has significant international experience and has worked in, and advised on, a variety of different health systems in different parts of the world.

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